This literature review focuses on the association between the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and the time of tracheostomy in different critical settings and analyses literature published during the last five years. VAP is still a major problem in many mechanically ventilated patients, and tracheostomy, bypassing the mouth and allowing better oral hygiene, seems to show a benefit in terms of reduction of incidence of VAP. Recent evidences suggest that tracheostomy, the earlier it is performed, gives a benefit in this sense. Anyway, timing of tracheostomy is strictly depending on the type of critical environment.

Ventilator associated pneumonia and tracheostomy

DE ROBERTIS, EDOARDO
2015

Abstract

This literature review focuses on the association between the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and the time of tracheostomy in different critical settings and analyses literature published during the last five years. VAP is still a major problem in many mechanically ventilated patients, and tracheostomy, bypassing the mouth and allowing better oral hygiene, seems to show a benefit in terms of reduction of incidence of VAP. Recent evidences suggest that tracheostomy, the earlier it is performed, gives a benefit in this sense. Anyway, timing of tracheostomy is strictly depending on the type of critical environment.
2015
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